Ravanel, Hill. What Did You Expect?
Cécile Ravanel, Sam Hill, SRAM and RockShox for the win in France
She'd already won in Chile, Argentina, Italy, the United States and Canada. Did anyone think Commencal Vallnord Enduro Team rider Cécile Ravanel would forget how to win when the Enduro World Series headed back to her home country?
As she’s done all season, Ravanel was dominant, taking the lion’s share of the individual stage wins on her way toward the overall in Valberg-Guillaumes. Cécile’s ride was equipped with a SRAM X01 Eagle™ drivetrain, Guide Ultimate brakes, RockShox Lyrik RCT3 fork and RockShox Super Deluxe shock.
Close behind Cécile—as she’s been all season—was SUNN Enduro Team rider Isabeau Courdurier on her SRAM X01 Eagle™, Guide Ultimate, RockShox Lyrik RCT3 and Monarch Plus RC3 and RockShox Reverb equipped SUNN.
In the weeks preceding the World Cup finale in Andorra and the Downhill World Championships in Val di Sole, Italy, former World Champion and World Cup Champ Sam Hill announced that his go-forward focus would be the Enduro World Series. Already a two-time runner-up this year [Italy and Ireland], “focusing” on Enduro World Series events means that he actually intends to win them.
Hill finished the first day of racing in Valberg in the hot seat, and went on to take the overall victory in the penultimate round of the 2016 Enduro World Series by more than 10 seconds over fellow downhill legend Nicolas Vouilloz.
Vouilloz was brilliant at home on French soil, capturing the second step on the podium with his Lapierre, which was equipped with a SRAM Eagle™ X01 drivetrain, Guide Ultimate brakes, a RockShox Lyrik RCT3 fork, RockShox Vivid R2C shock and Reverb seatpost.
The 2016 Enduro World Series season finale happens October 1-2 in Finale Ligure, Italy.
- Photos by Sven Martin